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Economic activism

In order to challenge the economic systems that sustain and profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, AFSC supports economic activism including the use of nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics. Specifically, AFSC supports boycott and divestment campaigns targeting companies that support the occupation, settlements, militarism, or any other violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.

Our position does not call for a full boycott of Israel nor of companies because they are either Israeli or doing business in Israel. Our actions also never focus on individuals.

Our support of specific boycott and divestment campaigns is contextualized by Quakers and AFSC's long support for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as economic tactics that appeal to human conscience and change behavior. Since 1948, AFSC has worked with both Palestinians and Israelis toward achieving a just and lasting peace, and we remain committed to supporting nonviolent activism designed to achieve this end. Taking into account AFSC principles and history, AFSC supports all nonviolent efforts to realize peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. 

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Investigate Your Investments

Our investment screening database will help students, investors, and others concerned about human rights in Palestine/Israel to find out where their investments are going, and how they can craft campaigns for change.

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Use AFSC's online tool that helps investors align their investment policies with their values.

Boycott Pillsbury!

Pillsbury, owned by food-manufacturing conglomerate General Mills, manufactures frozen baked goods in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory—violating international law and contributing to gross human rights abuses. Join our "No Dough for the Occupation" campaign to hold General Mills accountable and boycott Pillsbury products until the company stops manufacturing on stolen land.

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AFSC is calling on General Mills to respect human rights and the rights of indigenous Palestinians to their land and to their future—and to stop profiting from an illegal occupation. 

Related issues

In the U.S., AFSC supports efforts to change government policies and corporate/institutional practices that support inequality, the occupation, and denial of refugees’ rights. In the region, AFSC challenges the fragmentation of Palestinian society and the militarization of Israeli society to call for full equality between Palestinians and Israelis. 

Despite its calls for a non-military resolution to the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the U.S. continues to fund the militarization of the conflict.